When you support a small, locally owned business, you're not only helping families and the economy in your community, but also helping your community itself retain a unique and distinctive local flavor. Bloggers like Pam at over50feeling40 have been showcasing local boutiques, and encouraging us to visit and support these businesses. And now une femme is picking up the baton.
Having become a fan (and brand ambassador) of Karina Dresses, I decided to go check out one of the stores in the Los Angeles area that carries this brand. (See if there's a store in your area, here.) Pickett Fences is located in the charming Larchmont neighborhood of Los Angeles, and the store suits its locale beautifully. It's been so long since I've actually set foot in a boutique (there is a dearth of clothing/accessory boutiques in my own neighborhood) and I was soon reminded of what I'd been missing. I'd forgotten how much FUN it can be to shop in a space where so much attention has been paid to displays and detail, where merchandise is so beautifully arranged and where one can find a little bit of everything. I tried to think of how I'd describe this store, and the word that comes to mind is "Emporium."
|Check out that zig-zag print, right on trend!|
|Pretty prints, all in a row.|
But there was so much more to look at; I spent quite a bit of time exploring!
|Cat and dog toys|
|A *gorgeous* section of children's books!!|
|More fun clothing and bags|
|Gifts for the home|
|A placemat for Fido|
|Coolest lunchbox ever.|
|Yes, those are leopard and snakeskin print rain boots!|
|Old-fashioned wringer washing machine full of flip-flops!|
|iPad cases and you KNOW that Vogue coin purse came home with me!|
|Eye-pleasing displays everywhere you look.|
So here's where we segue to the Giveaway...in keeping with the theme of "Shop Small, Love Big" the lovely folks at Karina Dresses have offered to give away one of their dresses a lucky reader of une femme! Do you have a favorite local boutique that might be a good fit for Karina Dresses? Here's all you need to do to enter to win:
- Go to the Karina Dresses Facebook page, and "Like" if you haven't already done so.
- Post a comment to their FB wall with the name, city and website or telephone number a local boutique where you'd like to be able to shop for Karina dresses.
- If you don't have a Facebook account or are unable to leave a comment there, please do post here in comments on this post.
C'est tout! Entries close at 11:59p PT on Tuesday, April 10. Winner will be selected at random, and I'll announce on (lucky!) Friday, April 13. Bonne chance!
We femmes d'un certain age are a growing demographic with considerable economic clout. Many companies and businesses are waking up to this fact, and beginning to target us. By encouraging local businesses to carry items and brands that we love and will buy, we help ourselves and we help them to continue to flourish and thrive.